Yesterday LU reported in its Web Crawler section that the Black Lives Matter movement has plans not only to defund the police but to develop its own armed corps of “peace officers” to patrol U.S. cities. BLM New York chapter Chairman Hawk Newsome was quoted as saying:
We’re talking about self-defense. We’re talking about defending our communities. You know what it’s like to see a taser pointed at a 7-year-old, you know what it’s like to see a 67-year-old black woman … pepper sprayed and pushed to the ground?
We are preparing and training our people to defend our communities.
Maybe there’s something to that notion of blacks policing themselves. Not in the literal sense, mind you. Plans like the one Newsome outlines would result in lawlessness and ultimately a gigantic increase in the number of black deaths at the hands of police.
What I am referring to is policing as it is defined in part by Merriam-Webster:
- to exercise such supervision over the policies and activities of,
- to make clean and put in order.
An example of where this type of policing would be useful occurs in the video that follows. Of the video, BizPacReview writes:
[An] unidentified man (who cravenly refused to show his face on-camera) screams at cops as he films his violent threats: “I will f*ck you up! BADLY! You hear me? If if were just me and you, I will beat the sh* outta you! Your DNA will be under my sneaker, motherf*cker!”
The NYPD cops stand patiently while the thug screams obscenities and threatens to kill them. When his threat escalates, the police move to arrest him. Threatening to hurt or murder someone is a crime. (RELATED: Suspect sucker punches NY cop on camera. Is immediately released by judge)
Watch, but be warned: extreme profanity.
This is what NYPD cops are enduring daily.
Yet when they use appropriate force, they’re prosecuted. pic.twitter.com/N3noMmpT9r
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 9, 2020
Not all of these assaults on police are quite as menacing or baiting as this. In the summer of 2019, residents of black neighborhoods took to dousing police with buckets full of water whenever they set foot in the community. It was never funny, but it was decidedly unfunny when the metal bucket was hurled along with its contents.
The confrontation shown above ends badly for the foul-mouthed provocateur. But it also reflects badly on the black community, which rarely addresses this sort of unseemly behavior. Why aren’t community leaders urging members to practice self-control in their dealings with law enforcement? It would be a welcome change from the victim-villain vicious cycle that has followed the death of George Floyd.